Driver charged following two-car crash

By Stephanie Grinnell | Apr 26, 2014
Courtesy of: Knox County Sheriff's Office

Washington — A male driver involved in a two-car crash on Route 17 in Washington was summoned for driving to endanger and failure to maintain control of a motor vehicle, according to a press release from Knox County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Tim Carroll.

A passenger was injured and taken to the hospital, police said, though his injuries did not appear to be life threatening.

Just before 4 p.m. April 25, Knox County deputies first received a call of a vehicle being operated erratically, headed east on Route 17. The caller described the vehicle as a red Honda and also provided the license plate number, police said. The caller stated the car “was all over the road.” A minute later the caller advised that the same vehicle had just been involved in a crash near Fitch Road.

Deputy Matthew Elwell arrived and found the red Honda went off the road after sideswiping a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer. It caused the Chevrolet to roll over and come to a rest on its roof in the travel lane.

Police said the driver of the red 2008 Honda Civic, Steven Wilson, 33, of Augusta, was operating too fast and did not maintain control of his vehicle as he drove around a corner. Wilson crossed over the center line and sideswiped the Trailblazer, Carroll said.

Wilson and two juvenile passengers were not injured, but another passenger in the car, Edson Wilson, 36, also of Augusta, was taken to Maine General Hospital by Union Ambulance.

The driver of the Trailblazer was Dionne Barnett, 56, of Somerville, and she was not injured, police said. She was the only occupant of that vehicle.

Washington and Jefferson Fire departments assisted at the scene and medical care was provided by Jefferson and Union emergency personnel.

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